Filing a design internationally

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We have worked with UDL for nearly 20 years protecting designs, copyright, brands, trade marks and to help with commercial IP issues we have faced in the UK, Europe and the wider global market. Over the years, UDL has taken time to really get to know our business and the issues that we face day to day. We have always found UDL to be very approachable and attentive in all matters. Advice is always extremely commercially focussed and relevant to our business objectives.

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Designs are territorial and only provide protection in the country in which they are registered. This means that you must file separate design applications in each country where protection is required. There are options for making the process of obtaining multiple international designs more straightforward, efficient and cost effective.

As well as directly handling the filing and examination of UK, EU and International (Hague) applications, we work closely with carefully chosen overseas attorneys to obtain design protection outside these jurisdictions. We’ve protected designs in virtually every territory in the world where design protection is available.

Once you’ve filed your first design application in either the UK or EU, there is a six-month window in which to file additional applications. If filed within this window, the overseas applications will be back-dated to the same filing date as your first application — this is referred to as claiming ‘priority’.

There are three routes for obtaining protection outside the UK:

  • National applications

You can file separate national design applications in each country where protection is required.

  • Hague application

An international design application, referred to as a ‘Hague’ application, provides a bundle of national design rights. However, the system is centrally administered through WIPO, which can result in substantial cost savings and easier administration.

  • EU Design application

A single design application filed at the EU Intellectual Property Office provides design protection across all EU member states.

How we can help

We can advise on protection and help you file your design outside of the UK, be it in the EU or further afield.

Some of our team

Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Cardiff

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner - London | Milton Keynes

Dr Martin Neilson

Partner - Leeds

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